Why Diahann Carroll was my first girl crush

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()Diahann Carroll is gone today– passed away at 84 from , her publicist said. But for me she forever be that beautiful, -brown I saw performing scenes–with her glistening voice–from “Porgy and Bess,” with Sammy Jr. on the premiere episode of “The Diahann Carroll Show,” back in 1976.

To my young eyes—and to the eyes of so many of my peers–Diahann Carroll was everything that a woman should be: smart, elegant, funny, and a career woman. Carroll had already shattered racial stereotypes on television with her starring role in the 1968 series “Julia,” on NBC. She played a widowed mother and nurse — a life I connected with because my father had also died.
As Julia, Carroll was the first black woman to star in a sitcom and not play a domestic worker. Huge, at the time. In fact, it’s hard to overstate what an important figure she was. In my working-class black neighborhood, men, women, children–we were all captivated by her. I loved watching my mother — the only woman I ever thought was more beautiful than Carroll — imitate the actress’s hairdos and outfits.
    In Diahann Carroll, we recognized our own .
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    My affair with Carrol continued throughout her , the “Dynasty” years on in the 80s, when she played the sexy vixen Dominique Deveraux, then later when she was cast as Burke on “’s Anatomy.”
    A busy , to be sure, and Carroll writes later in her memoir about the -too-common struggles career moms confront as they try to balance , love and , and her regrets about the away from her , Suzanne Bamford, from the first of her four marriages. The two reconnected later in her life, and Carroll often spoke about finding joy in her with her and grandchildren. I’m happy she found her balance.
    In her book, written when she was just over 70, she recounted with and humility the challenges of aging for an icon—even one who remained drop-dead gorgeous.
      “All my life have been trying to make me define myself racially, politically, and artistically,” she said. “ they are just trying to place my face.”
      Rest easy, Diahann Carroll, were a phenomenal, beautiful woman. We won’t forget.


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